Published: Sun, March 18, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Wigan v Southampton - story of the match

Wigan v Southampton - story of the match

Playing a third division side as a Premier League outfit will be seen as the ideal opportunity to get to Wembley, however Wigan will be no pushover having beaten runaway Premier League champions Manchester City in the previous round and another two top-flight sides before that as well as having momentum from a so-far successful league campaign. "As a way of celebrating the cup run and saying thank you to the club, players and fans, we worked with the FA to create this hot and fiery pie that reflects Will Grigg's performances in the competition". "I have been really impressed with the quality of the talent I have", said Hughes, who was sacked by Stoke earlier this season.

And while Manolo Gabbiadini had a penalty brilliantly saved by Christian Walton, Cedric Soares put the tie to bed in stoppage-time with a neat finish. "Though clearly our Premier League status is a huge concern for us and we have to retain that".

Southampton managed to overcome West Brom in their 5th round-tie, winning the fixture 2-1, but they now find themselves 18th in the Premier League and fighting for survival.

"I wanted us to be a bit more dominant and play in the opposition half", he said.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg scored his first goal for Southampton since moving from Schalke in 2016. Southampton had won three corners to Wigan's 11 at that point, though crucially they were at least able to make one count.

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Southampton had planned to make a longer-term appointment when dismissing Pellegrino but Hughes revealed it was the club's decision not to give him a contract beyond the season's end, and he therefore reiterated his need to make an immediate and ruthless impact.

Also, this is only the fourth ever game that the teams have met with two being in the FA Cup - the Saints were the victors 3-0 in a fourth round tie in 1986 where ironically Wigan boss Paul Clarke played for the club that day.

"It is a hard one when the prize is so great for a club like ours", Cook said.

Wigan - who knocked Manchester City out in the previous round - were excellent during the first-half and certainly looked the most likely team to score the game's opening goal. You're wary of Southampton's quality, they've got some outstanding individuals. Did they deserve the victory? "It's a massive disappointment to go out so close to Wembley but the focus now is promotion".

The League One side is now fighting for promotion alongside the tournament, but they are likely to field a strong team with the hopes of reaching the semi-finals.


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